A father and son struggle with the everyday trials and larger consequences of a neighborhood paper route.
Jeff woke with a start, one minute before the alarm sounded. Four a.m. came quickly in the dark bedroom. He noted it had snowed a little overnight and grunted as he rolled out of bed. It was always tougher to get Rob out of bed and going when it was cold. Sam would be dropping off the newspapers any minute – you could set your watch by Sam. Jeff pulled on his cold crumpled socks and jeans and stumbled to the bathroom, closed the door before turning on the light. He threw on a T-shirt frayed around the throat, added a turtle neck and pulled a ragged old Rockford College hoodie over that. He yanked his White Sox cap over his uncombed hair, then shut off the bathroom light before he opened the door.
“Pongo, Perdita. C’mon,” Jeff hissed, waving his arm. Ten seconds passed. “Dammit, you two: Get a move on!” The two Dalmatians lay still on the bed for several more seconds. Then they rolled lazily from their backs to their sides to stretch and yawn. Pongo looked at Perdita out of the corner of his eye and leaped off the bed, and then she was after him, and they ran noisily down the stairs, pushing and shoving, jumping back and forth over each other like two dolphins playing in the wake of a speedboat.
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